Nutritionist Stephanie Yeatts joins the guys to talk about nutrition on the 12th edition of Drills=Skills. Stephanie also provided the Cheer Athlete Nutrition guide below.
On the 11th Drills=Skills Shea, David, and Sean discuss Conditioning.
Some of the common issues I see in handstands are a short lunge, head out and improper balance.
A tip I got from Debbie Love was to walk heel to toe 4 steps and that should be the distance of step into the lunge. Elbows behind ears with an invisible straight line from finger tips to pinky toe. This lunge will provide the proper angle for athlete to stretch to the floor for their handstand.
Neutral head position is often tough for athletes starting handstands as they often feel as they will fall over if they don’t poke their head out. I prefer the athlete watch their fingertips touch the floor then look back the direction they came. This will allow for a neutral head position.
Balancing a handstand to hold for 3 seconds is often much more difficult than it may seem. Kicking legs and arching the lower back is the most common ways I’ve seen athletes try to balance and hold a handstand. I have my athletes clap their hands palm to palm and squeeze their fingertips so that their palms stay touching but there is a slight lift in the finger while the palm and tips stay touching. This allows the athlete to engage the muscles throughout their arms into the core. Pointing toes and engaging glutes, quads and hamstrings is crucial to holding a proper handstand.
The handstand is such an important skill for shaping as well as strength and when done properly helps all aspects of the athletes tumbling.
Special guest and former Olympic gymnast, Wendy Bruce-Martin joins the guys to discuss Coaching Culture on the 10th edition of Drills=Skills.
The show will be live on Wednesday at 1pm Eastern.
This week’s edition of Drills=Skills features Shea, David, and Sean discussing classes.
The 8th edition of Drills=Skills is all about technique.
The 7th edition of Drills=Skills featured Shea, David, and Sean discussing roundoffs.
The topic for today’s edition of Drills=Skills is Handstands.
The standing tuck is an equal combination of power and technique, without one the other cannot be accomplished. The proper athletic stance to start allows for the core, glutes and hamstrings to become engaged. Following this position the arms need to lead the body up so I’m often telling my kids to speed up their arms. This allows for explosiveness from the legs all the way through their toes. Kids will often focus on the tuck too early which limits the full use of arms and legs so I like to have them jump into a candlestick position onto a raised surface. The “feel” of the proper explosion onto a raised surface allows the this for the athlete. The lifting of the hips over the shoulders, rather than the shoulders below the hips, is what provides the proper timing for the rotation of the the tuck. The knees should be bent, but not the feet bent to the bottom. As the rotation completes the landing should be that of the chest coming up to allow the feet to come to the floor. Often times the athlete wants to look for the floor and kick out resulting in a short, improper landing. Providing the athlete with a specific place to look at the start and finish of the skill can help their awareness throughout the skill.
Special guest Victor Rosario joins Shea, David, and Sean for the 5th episode of Drills=Skills. The topic is front twisting.
The show covers introducing front twisting, proper twisting direction philosophies as well as drills and conditioning to maximize front twisting.